Category: AToN Center

Thoughts

Our thoughts are powerful.  So powerful, that an entire style of therapy has been centered around how we identify and manage our thoughts.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced based treatment for substance dependence, and AToN’s curriculum is centered on …

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Building Assertiveness in Early Sobriety

Building Assertiveness in Early Sobriety

People in early recovery often need help developing assertiveness skills. Problems related to caustic relationships, codependency and fear of conflict and criticism must be addressed. Depression, self-loathing and toxic shame add to the complexities of becoming assertive. Dr. Randy J. …

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Underestimation

In working with residents at the AToN center I am often struck by how easy it is for a person to underestimate the strength of their addiction.  Many people can spend years in a cycle of dependence on their substances …

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Support Recovery Residents Give to Each Other

Support that Recovery Residents Give to Each Other

One of the most common things I notice here at AToN Center is the support that our residents give to each other.  When a new resident walks into our doors, they have been in isolation; hiding their use, lying to …

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Creativity And Problem Solving At AToN Center

At AToN Center the residents create beautiful floral arrangements as part of a mindfulness and meditation exercise. The exercise illustrates the unique way each individual approached problem solving. Residents find the opportunity to tap into their creativity, to embrace nature …

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Fall Recovery

Fall Recovery

I love seeing the leaves change and the weather cool in the fall season. What I think of most is how building healthy relationships and having warmth in our hearts can be so supportive to recovery from addiction. At AToN …

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Gratitude in Recovery

Gratitude in Recovery

In working with residents at the AToN Center I often see how developing an attitude of gratitude can be a very powerful asset in recovery.  I think of gratitude from the perspective of being a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.  I look …

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The Basics of Early Recovery and Self Care

The Basics of Early Recovery and Self Care

In conducting therapy with clients at the AToN Center I often see many highly functioning people with multiple responsibilities who are sustaining their complex lifestyles, often temporally, with drugs and alcohol. I often recommend that people get back to the …

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Living a Balanced Life

An addictive personality refers to a particular set of personality traits that make an individual predisposed to addictions. People who are substance dependent are characterized by: A physical or psychological dependency that negatively affects their quality of life. They are frequently …

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Goal Setting

We can choose to begin something new every day, every minute of every day… Goal setting and getting clear on values and what is really important in our lives is a huge part of what we do in recovery from …

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